The Papers of Henry Laurens


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Alexander Innes to Henry Laurens

Sir_

I beg leave by Your means to acquaint the Committee that as I have submitted to be their prisoner to avoid all possibility of giving them offence I have order'd those few arms I possess (which are only such as Gentlemen generally have to protect them from insult) on board the Tamar. If I have acted in this matter differently from any other Gentleman it does not proceed from the least wish to appear singular but from a persuasion that our bases are totally different. I will not detain You any longer Sir on this very trifling subject, I shall only add that concessions which cannot be submitted to with honor, the Committee will I dare say think it below them to insist on.

I am Sir
Your Most Obedt
& most Hble Servt

Alex: Innes._

ALS, HL Papers, ScHi; addressed on cover "Coll: Laurens Chairman / of the Genl. Committee_"; addressed below close "Coll: Laurens_"; dated "Charles Town 2d Janry 1775"; docketed by HL "Alexr. Innes 2d. Jan¯ry: / intended for September 1775. / Recd. 2d. Septem¯_ Read / in Comm¯ee & deter / mined that A I. / have leave of absence / from this / Colony & / that tis Expected he will / avail himself &ca_"; numbered below docket "5"; numbered at the bottom of the cover sheet "21-28".